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Earthquake hits Taiwan, 1 dead as scores injured

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan on Wednesday, the strongest tremor to hit the island in at least 25 years.

One person is reported to have died and scores injured.The tremor later sparked a tsunami warning for southern Japan and the Philippines that was later lifted.

Taiwan’s fire department reported one person is suspected to have been crushed to death by falling rocks in the mountainous, sparsely populated eastern county of Hualien where the epicentre was, with more than 50 injured.

Some buildings in Hualien have also been damaged and people are trapped, it said, without saying how many.
Taiwan television stations showed footages of buildings at precarious angles in Hualien, where the quake struck just offshore around 8am (0000GMT) as people were going to work and others to school.
The earthquake had a depth of 15.5km (9.6 miles), according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Administration.

Japan’s weather agency said several small tsunami waves reached parts of the southern prefecture of Okinawa, and later downgraded the earlier tsunami warning to an advisory. It put the earthquake’s magnitude at 7.7 Richter scale.

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